Chinese Checkers

Posted By Staff

Date: February 2nd, 2014

Category: Nutty Facts

hopDespite its name, Chinese checkers isn’t some ancient game handed down from Chinese dynasties.

In fact, it didn’t even originate on the Asian continent. Like so many misconceptions, the name originated from a U.S. Marketing scheme.

Chinese checkers originated in Germany in 1892 as “Stern-Halma.”

Stern is the German word for star, like the game’s board shape, and the game being a variation of the American game Halma.

In 1928 the Pressman company marketed the game as “Hop Ching Checkers.”

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